Discovering the archaeology of the Brecks

Monday, 27 October 2014



Are you itching to get your hands dirty in a real excavation? Dying to know more about mysterious crop marks?

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme for the Brecks, on the 1st November West Stow Anglo Saxon Village will be hosting the launch event for an inspiring series of day schools led by Norfolk Historic Environment Service and Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service.

From rooting through the records to rooting through the earth, learn how to investigate the past with presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Day schools will be led by heritage experts in a variety of fascinating locations throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, places on these day schools are free.





Launch Event

Learn what has already been found in the Brecks from David Robertson, Norfolk County Council Historic Environment Officer, talk to our experts about the project, and sign up to get involved in our day schools.

1st November. Drop in 12-4, talk 1pm.

Revealing Records

Archaeologists and historians have been investigating our past for decades. Find out what information we have about your area in this workshop. Learn how to access the information and use it in your own research.

Norfolk: 6th December 2014. Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Suffolk: Winter 2014/15

What Lies Beneath

Introduction to the methods and practices involved in archaeological fieldwalking, including the opportunity to undertake practical fieldwork in the hunt for traces of the early Brecks.

Spring 2015

Can you Dig It?

Get hands-on as you learn how to conduct small scale excavations. A practical session on digging a 1m³ test pit.

Summer 2015

Fantastic Finds

Learn about the ancient objects that are commonly found in the Brecks, and how to recognise them.

Autumn/Winter 2015

Brecks and Mortar

A look at methods and techniques used to record the fabric, fixtures and fittings of historic buildings.  There will also be the opportunity to practise these techniques on the day.

Spring 2016

Eye in the Sky

Our specialists will teach you to spot archaeological sites from the air using Google Earth and how to recognise different types of features

Summer 2016


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Throughout the series of day schools heritage experts aim to connect participants with the past, through an exploration of the archaeological techniques that can be used to investigate it. They will support participants to use their new skills around their own homes and parishes.





Grimes Graves Neolithic flint mine © NCC

For more information contact Norfolk Historic Environment Service at or by calling 01362 869296.

To find out about Breaking New Ground visit or phone 01842 815465.

About Us

Norfolk Historic Environment Service is part of Norfolk County Council. It records, protects and manages Norfolk’s archaeology and historic environment for our own and future generations. They provide information and advice to anyone with a responsibility for or an interest in the past.  To find out more visit and

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service is the main provider of archaeological conservation, recording and advice services in Suffolk. In order to promote the conservation, enhancement and understanding of Suffolk's distinctive historic environment we maintain the Suffolk Historic Environment Record, provide archaeological advice to local planning authorities, developers, landowners and farmers, and hold archaeological archives for the county. Further information can be found on our websites and   

Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme

Loving Living Landscapes

Living Landscapes are where people and nature come together. Breaking New Ground is a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Project, focusing on a 231km2 area in the heart of the Brecks.  Over the next three years, in partnership with a wide range of organisations, the scheme will deliver over 37 landscape and heritage based projects, including a grant scheme for new ideas.  The aim is to engage with local communities to tell the story of the Brecks and celebrate its unique social history, landscape character and the myriad of rare and unusual specialist wildlife. 

The partnership is made up of regional, national and local organisations with an interest in the area, community groups and members of the community and includes:

Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury District Councils, RSPB, Natural England, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, University of East Anglia, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Breckland Society, Farm Conservation, Iceni botanic Artists, Green Light Trust, Plantlife, Norfolk Geodiversity Partnership, Orchard Barn Environmental Education CIC, Ancient House Museum and West Stow Anglo Saxon Village.

The £2.2million scheme comprises just under £1.5million from the HLF, with the remainder contributed by the partner organisations and volunteer input.

Breaking New Ground will be hosted by Suffolk County Council at Brandon Country Park, the gateway to the Brecks.  The park provides a convenient and accessible location for participants and partners, and is the location for a number of public events.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

HLF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the 



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